Steve Hwang
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2008.03.07 (12:02:10)
Greeting in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Praise the Lord! I am pleased and excited about launching of KECA Newspaper for North America. We are living in a time where every culture, every tribe, every nation, every organization, and every church are in need of raising the leaders for the next generation.  However, it seems as though much is being said regarding leadership, about what needs to be done or what can be done, yet there’s lack of consistent attempts, or even futile attempts to actually do something about it.
In effort to meet such urgent need, KECA took the first few steps of a long journey and I am thrilled to be a part of it.  By the grace of God, we were able to successfully hold denominational conferences.  In year 2006, very first Next Generation Leaders Conference (NGLC) was held at Logos Church, which is located in Pasadena, California.  The purpose of this event was to equip and train solid leaders/pastors for English-speaking 1.5 or 2nd generation Korean-Americans.  It was a very meaningful moment for each and every one of us who attended the conference.  Many young seminarians and pastors experienced the moving hands of God throughout the conference and we agreed upon coming together for the purpose of  advancing God’s kingdom. I believe that it was possible as a result of the continuing prayer supports and increasing interests of the local pastors and our denomination.  I am personally grateful for those 1st generation and 2nd generation pastors who expressed sincere interest in helping out and cooperating in order to make it successful.
When I think about examples of great leaders in the Bible, many people come to my mind.  Out of all those leaders, I can narrow it down to two selective leaders when I think about “generational leaders”.  One is Moses and the other is Joshua.  They stand out as generational leaders due to the fact that the relationship between the 1st and 2nd generation leaders can be portrayed by the relationship between Moses and Joshua.  By examining their relationship, we can gain some valuable insights on how to maintain a good relationship or improve the relationship between two different generations.
Moses was mightily used of God. He was the “greatest prophet to arise in all of Israel.” But He knew that God’s work would go on long after he was gone. In all probability, he kept his eye out for a young man with a heart for God who was capable of leading the children of Israel. He found that man in Joshua.
Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand. So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up-one on one side, one on the other – so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekites army with the sword.” (Exodus 17:9-13)
It’s interesting to see how Moses sent young Joshua into battle. Although he allowed Joshua to initially fight the battle, he was never far away. He was within eyesight of Joshua pointing him to the source of victory. Moses wisely allowed Joshua to fight and win the battle, but he gave direction to secure the final victory.
We find a pattern that begins to emerge in the relationship between Moses and Joshua. First, Moses does the work of God. Then Moses allows Joshua to do the work of God while he stands near by. Ultimately, Joshua would do the work of God when Moses was gone. That’s God’s pattern of raising up a new generation of leaders. First, we do the work. Then they do the work with us. Finally they do the work.
But Moses did more than mentor Joshua in the word of God. He discipled him in his walk with God. The Bible says, “The LORD said to Moses, ‘come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.’ Then Moses sent out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.” (Ex. 24:12,13) When Moses had the awesome encounter with God, Joshua wasn’t very far away.
When Moses would meet with God in the “tent of meeting” and the presence of God was so powerful, Joshua was in the tent with him. Even when Moses left the tent, Joshua would hand around. He didn’t want to leave the presence of the Lord. Moses mentored Joshua in the work of God, but most importantly, he mentored in his deep intimate walk with God.
It’s easy to train men and women to do the outward works of God, but it’s another thing to train them to walk humbly with God. But Moses understood that the work of God was a spiritual work that would take deeply spiritual men to accomplish. Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, but Joshua would lead them into the promise land. Because Moses mentored Joshua, the work he accomplished didn’t stop with his death. A new generation was prepared to take the baton and run the race.
We can’t deny the fact that the 2nd generation leaders have a lot to learn from the 1st generation leaders. Without their undivided commitment, unceasing passion, and generous sacrifices of the past, KECA would not be here today.  I pray that all 1st and 2nd generation leaders and pastors will continue to join hands and wholeheartedly strive to work together to raise up strong leaders who will responsibly carry out the work of the Lord through KECA.  As your fellow servant of God, I would like to invite you to be a vital part of this history making adventure.
May God bless you and your ministry richly and abundantly.
Steve Hwang
EM Pastor of Crystal Church of NY
& Coordinator of 2nd generation Committee
2008.03.11 (19:42:31)
John Park
I enjoyed your posting and the insights about leadership and raising up next generation leaders. I am currently serving First Korean Christian Church of San Jose as EM pastor. I've been in this position a little over 8 months. I've been wondering whether this website could ever be an arena where our EM pastors could come and share thougths, experiences, and insights into ministry. Finally, you came through and I thank you for that. I am wondering whether there will be any gathering for EM pastors this year. I'd love to meet and have fellowship with other pastors in the KECA denomination.
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